Cisco Spark vs Microsoft Lync

Cisco Spark
Bring your teams together with one unified communications service that does it all: group messaging, screen sharing, video calls, video conferencing, and collaboration.
Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) and Microsoft Lync for Mac are instant messaging clients used with Microsoft Lync Server or Lync Online available with Microsoft Office 365. Basic features include instant messaging, Voice Over IP and Video Conferencing inside the client software.
Comparing Cisco Spark vs Microsoft Lync is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Microsoft Lync has more user-friendly interface than Cisco Spark because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Microsoft Lync is more popular than Cisco Spark

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Cisco acquired online meetings startup Worklife (in 2016)
- Microsoft connected Lync and Skype (in 2013)
- Lync 2010 becomes social (in 2010)
- IBM follows Microsoft with unified communications push (in 2007)
- Microsoft wants your office phone (in 2007)
- Microsoft Office finds its voice (in 2007)
- Microsoft's corporate IM goes mobile (in 2006)
- Microsoft, Siemens push to collaborate (in 2005)

Looks like Microsoft Lync was recently more active than Cisco Spark (at least in our news).